PHILADELPHIA – Now that the University of Pennsylvania volleyball team has seen each of its Ivy rivals once, the Quakers are ready for the second go-around and start with Princeton on Friday at 7 p.m. After beginning Ivy play with a 3-0 loss to the Tigers at home, the Red and Blue are ready to return the favor at Dillon Gym as well as add a second road conference win to their schedule.
If you are unable to attend Friday’s contest, you can catch all of the action through live stats or on the Ivy League Digital Network.
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Penn vs. Princeton
Last Time on the Court: Harvard/Dartmouth
After falling in a five-set heartbreaker on Friday to Harvard (20-25, 20-25, 25-20, 25-15, 15-11), the Quakers rallied and claimed a four-set victory on Saturday over Dartmouth (25-21, 25-22, 19-25, 25-17). Last weekend's success over the Big Green was the lone win for any of the Ivy road teams.
Over the two contests, junior captain Alexis Genske recorded an individual season-high in kills against Dartmouth with 17 and tied her second most against Harvard (15). Genske posted her fourth double-double of the season in the win over Dartmouth, while junior Alex Caldwell produced her second triple-double of the season with 11 kills, 21 sets, and 10 digs. Caldwell also recorded her fifth double-double of the season against Harvard. Freshman libero Emmy Friedler anchored the defense with a combined 38 digs and now ranks fifth in the League in digs and digs per set. In the first half of the Ivy season alone she accumulated 141 digs and has 5.22 digs/set.
Scouting Princeton (9-8, 4-3 Ivy)
After a promising start to the Ivy League season, the Tigers find themselves sliding on a three-match losing skid after this past weekend’s matches with Dartmouth and Harvard stripped them of their first-place position in the Ivy League ranks.
Princeton was slow to start against Dartmouth as the Big Green claimed the first two sets, but the Tigers, determined to regain ground, played set three with intensity and carried it into the fourth. Despite the competitive comeback resulting in a decisive fifth set, Princeton ultimately fell to Dartmouth, 3-2 (25-19, 25-19, 22-25, 18-25, 15-11). Leaders for the Tigers included junior Kendall Peterkin and sophomore Cara Mattaliano. Peterkin, ranked first in the Ivy League for kills and kills/set, mustered 28 against the Big Green for an all-time career high. Mattaliano finished with 13 kills and 15 digs.
Looking for redemption on Saturday after Friday night’s taxing five-setter, Princeton made Harvard work for the first set. The Crimson fought off the Tiger’s match-point serve to tie it at 24-24, and the set went Harvard’s way after a service ace and a block. After dropping the first set, the Tigers ran out of gas and fell to the Crimson (26-24, 25-14, 25-21), for their third straight Ivy loss.
It’s the Ivy League
The non-conference slate is always important, but Ivy League play is where it matters most. As it stands right now, it’s still anyone’s game.
Yale has given itself an advantage with a 6-1 record, but the race is on as Harvard is right behind at 5-2 while Dartmouth and Princeton remain close at 4-3. Penn, Columbia, and Brown all sit in the standings with a 3-4 record. As the teams vie for the title, here is specifically what Penn and Princeton have done against the rest of the Ancient Eight in the first half of conference play.
|Against Columbia:||L, 3-0 (12-25, 22-25, 13-25)||W, 3-1 (20-25, 25-20, 25-10, 27-25)|
|Against Cornell:||W, 3-1 (25-19, 25-18, 22-25, 25-23)||W, 3-0 (25-7, 25-16, 25-20)|
|Against Yale:||L, 3-0 (16-25, 25-27, 17-25)||L, 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-12)|
|Against Brown:||W, 3-2 (26-24, 25-22, 24-26, 16-25, 15-11)||W, 3-2 (22-25, 25-17, 25-18, 19-25, 21-19)|
|Against Harvard:||L, 3-2 (25-20, 25-20, 20-25, 15-25, 11-15)||L, 3-0 (26-24, 25-14, 25-21)|
|Against Dartmouth:||W, 3-1 (25-21, 25-22, 19-25, 25-17)||L, 3-2 (25-19, 25-19, 22-25, 18-25, 15-11)|
Ivy League Composite Schedule
Here’s a look at all of the Ivy matches this season, as well as this weekend’s contests to come.